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One local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association, or CMA, will be holding their annual State Rally this weekend.

The group "Heavenly Chariots" is a local non-denominational chapter within CMA that seeks to utilize a relationship between motorcyclists and ministry. Scott McKinney is President of the local Heavenly Chariots Chapter, he explains CMA has been around since the 1970s and has two active chapters in Bloomington and Decatur.

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This weekend marks their annual State Rally, to be held in Wapella. McKinney explains state chapters from Illinois, plus a few from Indiana, will be present. The weekend is highlighted by a motorcycle stunt group, Real Encounter, performing Friday night. McKinney notes the motorcyle community will recognize them because of their appearance on "America's Got Talent".

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The weekend is designed to bring together dozens of the CMA chapters for a weekend of fellowship and rejuvination. He explains there will be chances for men and women to have their own break-out sessions. He notes its not all about serious discussion though, biking games highlight their Saturday lineup.

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McKinney stresses the purpose of CMA is to "be there when someone needs them". He feels it's CMA's role to first earn the respect of the biking community and establish relationships with hundreds of bikers across the area.

The state rally gets underway this evening and goes through Sunday just outside Wapella. The rally is open to the public free of charge.

For further information, visit cmancr3.org/IL.

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